So a couple of days ago I was reading in Genesis and I read something that made my heart melt. When Adam and Eve were in the Garden and Eve ate the forbidden fruit (followed by Adam) something happened that makes you really think about how merciful our God is. Here is part of the passage:
8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”12 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.”13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.
Even after they had done the exact OPPOSITE of what God had specifically asked them to do, God still had mercy on them and clothed them. He could have let them stand there ashamed of their nakedness but no, He still loved them after they messed up. (Messed up BIG TIME!) Yes, He cursed their decedents (Thanks Eve for the cramps ha) but still! There are consequences for our sins but forgiveness is always there to follow the consequence. God still is doing this today. We mess up, we feel so ashamed of our sins, of our mistakes, of our failures but God is standing there ready to clothe you and take away they shame, disappointment, and feeling of defeat.
I pray that you let God clothe you. So often we decide to hide from God and stand behind a bush (Gen 3:10). Who are you hiding from though? You think God didn’t know exactly where they(you, I) were or what they(you, I) had done? No! He was just waiting for them to come to Him and receive his mercy.
Whoever you are. Where ever you are: It’s time to stop hiding behind a bush.